There’s a new political action committee in town, which formed to promote all 10 specific purpose excise tax projects up for a vote Nov. 5.

The “Jackson Hole Votes Yes PAC” will advocate for a slate of $77 million in SPET projects, chairwoman Joni Upsher said.

“It’s really promoting all of the proposed projects for the SPET ballot,” Upsher said. “I think all of them bring some kind of value to our community.”

Mike Welch is the PAC’s treasurer; Lauren Dickey is its secretary.

“We’re just really in the beginning stages of getting a coalition together of community supporters,” Dickey said, “just talking to people about their values and why all the SPET initiatives this time around can support us in achieving some of the goals in the valley.”

Dickey said the group supports all the ballot measures, “but for us, the ones that are the most important are the government service ones,” including a vehicle maintenance facility, water quality initiatives and community housing.

“To me, they’re about essential services, and they’re also about our responsibility as citizens,” she said. “We’re excited about having safe, reliable infrastructure, keeping our quality of life and protecting wildlife and the environment.”

Three Elephant Public Relations is providing communications support for the PAC.

Two other political action committees have filed with the Teton County clerk’s office. Residents for Recreation is supporting the $22 million expansion of the Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center. Friends of History on the Block is advocating for a $4.4 million measure to relocate the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum to the corner of Broadway and Willow, also known as the “Cafe Genevieve block.”

Contact Allie Gross at 732-7063 or

Allie Gross covers Teton County government. Originally from the Chicago area, she joined the News&Guide in 2017 after studying politics and Spanish at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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